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Litespeed Vortex vs. Tuscany?(6 posts)

Litespeed Vortex vs. Tuscany?ScottH
Apr 9, 2002 5:57 AM
Has anyone ridden both of these bikes? I'm about to buy one, not sure which yet and I want as much info as possible before I spend the money.

So what advantage is 6/4 vs 3/2.5? What about the more compact rear triangle on the Vortex? Anything else? Is the difference really worth the big diff in price?

re: Litespeed Vortex vs. Tuscany?pmf1
Apr 9, 2002 6:10 AM
I have an Ultimate, my wife has a Tuscany. The Tuscany is a good value. Nicer frame than the Classic in my opinion due to the fancier tubes used. 6/4 is a stronger alloy than 3/2 and can be made into a lighter bike. It is hard to work with, hence the difference in price. The difference in weight of the two frames is not large though.

I have not ridden either and have no advice. However, I'd advise you not to pay retail for a Litespeed. You can find them being closed out all the time for substantial savings. Shop around.
re: Litespeed Vortex vs. Tuscany?eschelon
Apr 9, 2002 6:10 AM
I own the 2002 Tuscany. I race and train on it. No recreation riding on this steed of mine will ever happen...sacrilege!!!!!!! Anyway, the bike shop owner owns just about every bike ever made...and highly recommended this bike over the Vortex because he said the ride quality is better and also said he preferred the Tuscany over the Vortex. I figured also, since the Tuscany is 90% of what the Vortex is, I figured I could do something else with the extra $2000 difference. $'s alot of lap dances at the T&A bar.:)
I've always heard that the Tuscany was the real gem of Litespeedbill
Apr 9, 2002 11:26 AM
lineup. Not only is it excellent bang for the buck, but it's an excellent bike.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that you want to hear from someone who's ridden both, but trust me (which you seem to want to do, anyway -- you asked for opinions from people you don't know, right?) my sources have better credentials than I do. I hear from one guy in particular (Cat 1, bikefitter, coach) that Vortex is flash, and Tuscany is the bees knees. Not that the Vortex is a bad bike, but just that whatever it offers, which ain't much over the Tuscany, if anything, doesn't justify the extra cost.
re: Litespeed Vortex vs. Tuscany?MP
Apr 9, 2002 12:57 PM
Are you a racer or a recreational rider? That could make a difference. I test rode both and found the Vortex stiffer and more responsive, but also costs about $1,300 more. The 3/2 Tuscany was more comfortable, but didn't feel "zippy." I then rode a Siena which fit my recreational rider needs very nicely. It is a little stiffer than the Tuscany, not as stiff as the Vortex, rides comfortably, and is definitely "zippy."
Apr 9, 2002 5:20 PM
Having spent a lot of time in the saddle aboard each, I would concur with most of what is stated above. The differences in geometry are slight; noticeable only in that the slightly steeper head tube gives the Vortex snappier handling. The Vortex is a bit stiffer at the BB. But the Vortex is for those who
i need
that "last degree of separation" from the competition.

I currently ride the Vortex, though (like 97% of rest of us) I would do just as well with the Tuscany.